Tendency definition

tĕndən-sē
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An inclination to move or act in a particular direction or way; constant disposition to some action or state; leaning; bias; propensity; bent.
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A definite purpose or point of view in something said or written.
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A course or apparent course toward some purpose, object, or result; drift.
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A characteristic likelihood.

Fabric that has a tendency to wrinkle.

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A characteristic pattern or point of view.

The book's tendency to oversimplify events.

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A likelihood of behaving in a particular way or going in a particular direction; a tending toward.

Denim has a tendency to fade.

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The definition of a tendency is an inclination towards a certain action or behavior.

An example of a tendency is when you usually are very neat and tidy.

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Movement or prevailing movement in a given direction.

Observed the tendency of the wind; the shoreward tendency of the current.

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A predisposition to think, act, or proceed in a particular way.

His tendency to exaggerate.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tendency
Plural:
tendencies

Origin of tendency

  • Medieval Latin tendentia from Latin tendēns tendent- present participle of tendere to tend tend1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Ultimately from the Latin tendere / tendō.

    From Wiktionary